Smoking-related weight concerns among underserved, black maternal smokers

Bradley N. Collins, Uma Nair, Melbourne F. Hovell, Janet Audrain-McGovern

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Objective: To expand understanding of a smoking cessation barrier for women, weight concerns, in a medically underserved population. Methods: Baseline weight concerns were examined among 235 low-income, black maternal smokers enrolled in a smoking trial. Logistic regression evaluated factors related to weight concerns. Results: Higher BMI (OR 3.35, P<.001), intention to quit (OR 2.12, P=.02), more previous quit attempts (OR 1.14, P=.03), and less support for quitting (OR 0.81, P=.05) predicted weight concerns. Conclusions: This is the first study to delineate factors predicting weight concerns in this population, thus expanding our understanding of a key cessation barrier and informing future cessation strategies in a population known to bear increased risk of tobacco-related disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-709
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Black
  • Maternal
  • Smoking cessation
  • Underserved
  • Weight concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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